After eight weeks of drama, breakups, make-ups and public votes, season eight of Love Island 2022 has come to an end with Ekin Su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti winning the hearts of the nation to win the £50,000 prize.
Love Island is renowned for turning ordinary people into millionaires in eight weeks, with the majority of applicants entering the villa with regular employment.
However, Gemma Owen, who is in a relationship with Luca Bish, was already leading a lavish life before entering the Love Island villa. She entered the show as the youngest contestant ever and although she missed out on the Love Island prize, she is set to win well over £50,000.
Who is Gemma Owen?
Gemma Owen entered the Love Island villa in the first episode and became the show’s youngest contestant at 19.
She is the daughter of former footballer Michael Owen and is an international dressage rider for Britain who can expect to earn an hourly rate of £136 before entering the Love Island villa.
She began her journey on Love Island by pairing up with Liam Llewellyn but was later cast by Davide in the series’ first recoupling. Since the first week of the series, Gemma has been associated with fishmonger Luca Bish, who was also among the first group of islanders to enter the villa.
Since the pair paired up, their journey has been mostly clear sailing. The pair stayed together for a test week at Casa Amor and then made it to the finals of Love Island where they would finish second in the public vote.
Who is Gemma Owen’s father?
Gemma is the daughter of former England footballer Michael Owen.
Considered one of the most exciting strikers of his generation, Michael Owen was a Liverpool academy graduate and scored his first senior Premier League goal against Wimbledon in 1997 aged 17, becoming the most the club’s young goalscorer. .
A year later, he would also burst onto the scene for England by scoring an incredible solo goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.
Michael Owen would go on to a brilliant career at Liverpool where he would win the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, two League Cups, the UEFA Super Cup and the FA Charity Shield.
In the process, he also won the Premier League Golden Boot in 1997/1998 and 1998/1999. His achievements for Liverpool and his clinical finish in front of goal won him the Ballon d’Or in 2001, against competition from Oliver Kahn and Raul.
Michael Owen left Liverpool to join Real Madrid in 2004 and struggled to regain the same level of form in his later years through injuries at Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City. Owen retired from football in 2013 and is the tenth top scorer in Premier League history with 150 goals.
Since retiring, he has worked as a pundit for the BT Sport football team.
How much are the Owens worth?
Gemma’s father, Michael Owen, has a net worth of around £54million, which he amassed during his successful football career and later ventures where he invested in Manor House Stables.
Gemma Owen had a wealthy upbringing and still lives at home with her family in North Wales in a house believed to be £4million.
During the series, Gemma revealed to the nation that the family home kept around 12 horses and her horse was named Sirius Black.
While on Love Island, Gemma Owen gained 1.2 million Instagram followers and is expected to earn much of her income through collaborations and sponsorships with a host of different brands.
Besides being an international dressage rider, Gemma Owen has also launched her own brand of luxury swimwear, called OG beachwear. The page has amassed 30,900 Instagram likes since its inception in 2020.